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Learn to make guava jelly

LIHUE — Guava jelly is taking the stage at the Kauai County Farm Fair tonight, and those who sit in on the cooking demonstration will get a taste.

“When you think of guava, hyou think of Hawaii,” said Kalen Kelekoma, instructor with the University of Hawaii Hilo College of Continuing Education and Community Service, Master Food Preserver Training Program.

He’s the one who will be wielding the spoon, and everything else needed to make sweet preserves at the demonstration, set for the agriculture and 4-H section of the fair from 6 to 7 p.m.

Kelekoma will walk the audience through the process of making guava jelly from every stage, including how to use the pectin, how to cook the jelly, and jarring techniques.

“I’ll also show how to do the water bath with the jelly so it makes it shelf-stable,” he said. “You don’t want to wait a year to use it, but it’ll be good for the year.”

The demonstration is meant to lend a home-cooked vibe to the farm fair, and Kelekoma said it’s meant to inspire people to join in a full-fledged contest in the 2018 farm fair.

“We want to bring back that element of the county fair with the jam and jelly and pie recipe contest,” Kelekoma said. “We’re starting now, getting people thinking about what kind of fruit spreads they’d like to make for the 2018 recipe contest.”

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